“Our mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle. We help cyclists explore the landscapes and history of America for fitness, fun, and self-discovery.”
— Adventure Cycling Association
The Adventure Cycling Association, the organizer of my planned trip across the United States this fall, has begun posting on Facebook video vignettes on why people get involved in long-distance bicycle touring.
Granted, it’s not an endeavor with universal appeal, considering that you carry all your needs on your bike, ride through all kinds of weather and terrain and camp out most nights.
But it has its simple pleasures — a beautiful sunrise on a crisp, clear morning, chatting with friendly people along the way, a feeling of utter relaxation at the end of a long, hard ride. There’s the challenge of trying to do something that most Americans, too used to their many comforts, wouldn’t even consider undertaking. And, of course, the sense of accomplishment if you finish.
Here’s the first of the Adventure Cycling Association video vignettes, shot in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru.